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voice. they wanted to speak out. they have right to have a safe working place. good evening, everyone, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. provacative, the u.s. take on a russian jets fighter buzzing a u.s. destroyer, and the high-level phone call that follow. the cia in ukraine, confirmation that the head of the spy agency visited kiev. stronger sanctions, european union imposing further punishment on russia as protesters seize more ukraine buildings. it takes no morals, no
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ethics, all it takes is an idiot with a gun. >> details about the kansas shooting suspect, a former grand dragon of the ku klux klan. and five days in detroit. al jazeera's special series. tonight, the changes coming to the motor city. ♪ we begin with the crisis in ukraine, and developments tonight on several fronts. president obama has spoken by phone again with russian president vladimir putin. the two leaders talked just days after a russian fighter jet flew very close to the uss donald cook in the black sea. the pentagon called the move provacative. mike viqueira is here with more. what do we know about the phone call? >> well, after the call ended,
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two diametrically opposed accounts. it's clear relations between presidents putin and obama are at an all-time low. frank and direct is how a senior official describes the call, john. and that means it was not a good call. here? part was the white house statement after the call. president obama spoke with president putin today, president obama expressed grave support for the actions of russian for pro-russian separatists who threaten to destabilize the ukraine government. accusing the president or aledging that the president has
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quote inaccurate information, when he says everything that is happening in east -- eastern ukraine is a pretext for an invasion that the white house has been warning about in weeks. they see a direct parallel between the tactics used here, accusing this of being not organic, in other words outside agitators. and they again see a direct reflection or parallel with what happened in crimea. >> mike, the white house also confirmed today the cia director visited ukraine this past weekend. what is the significance of this? >> it is very interesting in that the white house would even acknowledge the visit of a cia director to a world capitol like kiev. they were forced to do so today. but in the interest they say that there is nothing much more to it, other than the cia agent
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goes and consults with people in world capitols including moscow does in his duties. the flash point that got a lot of people alarmed on saturday, but in international waters in the black sea, a buzz flying very close or at sea level as many as 12 times a russian aircraft flying past the uss donald cook, and did not respond to calls for indication. they say, though, the plane was unarmed. >> mike thank you very much. pro-russian groups are stepping up the violence in their push to break away from kiev. ken vannel has the latest on the upriding in the eastern province of donetsk. >> reporter: this is the moment that pro-russian supporters
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stormed the city. 100 men took part in the assault which like many takeovers in the east was streamed online. there has been no signs so far of any government operation, and state buildings continue to fall. a few blocks away, the city council was also taken over in a bisque but peaceful operation. pro-russian groups were here and across the east are now being told to raise the flag of the republic of donetsk as opposed to the current flag. crowds outside cheer the media on, telling journalists to spread their demands. this video also claims to show ukrainian police officers who have switched sides. the video cannot be independently verified but the
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man giving orders says he is a russian lieutenant. in the capitol prounity protesters took their frustrations to the interior ministry, they say the government should be moving faster to quell the uprisings in the east. >> translator: he has to force his employees in the regions to take the measures to deal with these separatists who are threatening the independence and integrity of our country. if he cannot do to, he has to resign. >> reporter: the interim president now says he is not against a referendum being held in the east. he says the military is still poised to act, but admits divided allegiances make it difficult. >> translator: unfortunately
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today they are demonstrating an inability to defend citizens and actively withstand the terrorism and separatist movement. >> reporter: the government is now asking to help ukraine ukrainian forces carry out a so-called anti-terrorism movement. but each threatening hour is bringing more concern. >> tonight we hear from the ukrainian ambassador to the united nations. he says he has no doubt the protests and tensions in eastern ukraine are kremlin inspired. >> yesterday we had a meeting of the security council and we presented the fact that russian special troops officers, they are practically involved in all of these disorders and in the
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provocation of the separatists around the eastern and southern part of ukraine. they call it terrorist operations because the [ inaudible ] is being seized, and the weaponry, taken from the arsenals. yesterday was the 11th meet of the security council. all members except russia, voted in favor of territorial integrity of ukraine. they demanded all of the russian agents and to move out the russian troops. so regard again the support, russia again found itself in isolation. putin is performing illogically, he is destroying the image of his own country, illogically. so that's why it's -- it's very difficult to predict what russia is going to -- to perform in a
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few hours. i'm a citizen of kiev, i'm a citizen of ukraine, naturally when you watch the places you visited in your childhood and recently saw naturally, my -- my heart is in blood, because -- well, it's awful. we know how art fishily this problem was created. we know that, and it is only because we started to build our new independent way of thinking and building of our statehood. >> retired lieutenant general joins us now. he served as the commander to the u.s. army in europe. mark, welcome. >> thank you very much. it's good to be here. >> it's good to have you here. does ukraine have the resources to really stand up to russia in any way shape or form. >> my experience was they were
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building a much stronger army. they certainly don't have the strength or the power, but as i said before, i think they will certainly stand up as best they can. >> and what does that mean do you think? >> well, they are outnumbered significantly in terms of forces and equipment. russia has modernized over the last few years. i think the ukraine army is very nationalistic for the most part. there are certain elements that are leaning towards the russians and that is causing challenges now. but my experience with the ukraine leadership and their army is they are becoming a very professional force after many years of transformation. >> how much do they depend on nato and the united states? >> they depend a lot. in july of 2012, i participated in an exercise in the western part of ukraine. there were 17 other nato allies
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and some non-nato partners participating in that operation and i think their desire was to show the strength that nato was behind them as an independent country. i saw over 40% of their exercise -- the ukrainian military exercises over the last few years had been with nato partners, only 11% of their exercises had been with russian forces. >> so secretary of defense hagel has told the ukrainian leaders he is going to stand with them. does that mean military support as well? >> you don't know. and i think that's up to the policy makers to decide. i think ukraine has an unbelievably strong and very nationalistic force. they had some good leaders, the commanding general of the ground forces when i was there was fired in january of this year as well as a few other forces within their defense
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establishment, so i think that yanukovych was attempting to destabilize the military before all of this happening, and it just shows, i think on the russia side there was a continuous attempt to destabilization of ukraine and we're seeing more of that today. >> can i get your opinion of this incident involving the uss cook, and the russian plain. >> it is very unusual. we have attempted to do better partnering exercises with them. this is just not done. it's an unprofessional act by the russian military, whoever ordered that or whoef did it -- >> are they just thumbing their nose at the united states? >> i think so. and what i would also comment on is the extreme professionalism of the sailors on the uss don
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cook. it is going to take an action like this, with an accidental reaction to cause some problems between the united states and russia, but they are coming very dangerously close to doing exactly that. >> that of course is the big fear. good to have you on the program. >> thank you. >> now to the man being held in the kansas city shootings suspected of targeting two jewish community centers. richelle carey joins us. he is said to be a former well-known ku klux klan grand dragon. the shootings take place on the way before passover near kansas city. police arrested the 73-year-old. they say he has a long history of race. and anti-semitism. he is expected of killing a catholic woman visiting her mother at a jewish retirement home and a method doctor and his
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grandson outside of a community center. their family spoke today. >> it was a horrible act of violence, and my dad and our son were at the wrong place at the wrong time for a split second. >> it takes no character to do what was done. it takes no strength of character. it takes no backbone. it takes no morals. it takes no ethics. all it takes is an idiot with a gun. >> at the white house easter prayer breakfast, president obama said americans should not tolerate hate. >> as americans, we not only need to open our hearts to the families of the victims, we have got to stand united against this kind of terrible violence which has no place in our society. and we have to keep coming together, across space to combat the ignorance and intolerance including anti-semitism.
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>> and the shootings are being investigated as hate crimes. eric holder promises to look into whether any federal crimes were committed. >> more on that story coming up, we'll talk with a news week reporter who interviewed the shooter about the kkk. now to weather. >> one thing you can guarantee about spring is the systems that move through. big changes from temperatures as well as the precipitation we're seeing. we're seeing severe weather down here towards texas. we have seeing a lot of hail, a lot of flooding going on, across this region right here. actually in terms of hail, we have seen anywhere from a quarter size to a golf ball size hail from dallas all the way down towards san antonio, and as
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that system has moved towards the east there has been flooding. and we are looking at flash flood warpings in effect right now. that means it is raining so hard -- especially in the low-lying areas, if you are driving you need to be careful across that region. we don't think we'll see any tornados this evening. it will be the wind and hail as well as those damaging lightning and thunderstorms pushing through. but take a look at the temperatures right now in the big contrast from new orleans to oklahoma city. the temperatures are dropping significantly. the temperatures are going down to low 20s, so right now we have hard freeze warnings in effect. fairly rare for this type of year, but it will be extremely cold. >> kevin thank you. at least 2,000 homes are in ruins tonight after what is being called the worst fire in chile's history. firefighters battled wind-whipped frames in the
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coastal city. at least 14 people have died. daniel reports. >> reporter: dousing the flames, a massive rescue operation to control the fire that raged over more than 24 hours, destroying hundreds of homes. many lost everything. william and his family have lived here for 19 years. >> translator: nothing. we couldn't do anything. it all happened so quickly. less than three minutes for the flames to reach us. >> reporter: he is trying to find his father's work tools among the charred debris. already thinking about his future. >> translator: life goes on. we have no choice. we're all asking why this happened. >> reporter: the cause of sunday's blaze is being investigated. while the operation to feed and clothe the hundreds of evacuees goes on. the president in her first month in office has had to deal with a
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major earthquake, and now this. she ordered the military in to help. this is a you necessarico word hear taj site, and it has hit the area hard. now the cleanup ration is underway, and the task of rebuilding lives has begun. thousands have volunteered to help, donating clothes, food, and other provisions, but overwhelmingly their labor. >> translator: we have to respect life, because that's all we have, and we can't give up. we're starting here from scratch. >> reporter: the wind fanned the flames in the steep narrow streets and made it difficult for the emergency services to reach the blaze. some lost everything. while others are simply grateful to have escaped with their lives seeking solace in the ruins.
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a new development tonight in the search for the missing airline flight 370. it has nearly been a week since any signals were detected. so now for the first time a robotic submarine operated by the u.s. navy is being deployed. it can create a three dimensional map of anything on the ocean floor. coming up still not secure after nearly a century and a half. plus the new numbers on the real costs of the president's healthcare program. america's price tag next. also cross word puzzle is 100 years old. and so is this lady.
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two major newspapers, the
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guardian, and the "washington post" have won the prestigious pulitzer prize for public service for their reports on the nsa. the board said the stories helped spark a debate. in a statement snowden said the award is a vindication. and the "boston globe" was awarded for its coverage of the boston marathon bombings. tomorrow we'll talk to a victim of the bombing about her inspiring comeback after losing a leg. a federal judge is ordering the state of ohio to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. it will not force ohio to allow same-sex marriages, but says the
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ban is unconstitutional. the state is expected to file an appeal. there are new numbers out tonight about the cost of president obama's affordable care act. the congressional budget office says parts of the law won't be a pricey as was thought. >> 12 million americans will have insurance this year because of the affordable care act who wouldn't otherwise have it. as jay carney pointed out today, that also includes a swath of other people. >> about 5 million people will enrole in plans that meet the aca standards outside of the marketplace. that's in addition to the millions that signed up through the marketplaces or gained coverage on medicaid or been able to stay on their parents plans untilage 26 because of the law. this shows how the affordable care act is working as it was
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supposed to. >> this year alone the affordable care act will cost the federal government $36 billion. that's $5 billion less than previously anticipated. and as they look out at a decade project shup, they are saying it will cost a 100 billion less than expected. that pace for subsidies, and to the expansion of medicaid, the states that elected to expand medicaid. the federal government is picking up the tab for that. it will also go towards the children's health insurance program, and tax credit for small businesses. the why the estimate is lower than previously anticipated is due in part to insurance companies keeping costs down. they are giving customers narrower options when it comes to choosing a doctor. that means they can pay the doctors a little less. so as the c bo crunches the
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numbers the white house is saying this is all good news. republicans haven't pushed back yet, but you can bet they will be looking for ways, because they don't like the affordable care act. tonight we have a week into looking at america's great cities. tonight we're focusing on detroit. bisi onile-ere is here. and the new police chief has radical new ways of fighting crime. tell us more about that. >> reporter: good evening, john. crime has been a really big issue here in the city of detroit. it wasn't long after the city filed for bankruptcy that a new police chief took office. his name is james craig. he came here from cincinnati. detroit is his hometown. he has really taken a very aggressive approach to fighting crime here in the city of
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detroit. he has conducted massive raids, they are getting drugs off of the street and also making quite a few arrest. i had the opportunity to sit down with james craig in a one on one, and he explained that he felt after so many years the culture of violence here in detroit is finally beginning to turn, and he believes that's because more people are speaking up. >> detroit is resilient, detroiters are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and do the work. that's what is helping. we're seeing true partnership. >> reporter: and the police chief in his time here so far he has put an additional 175 more officers out here on the streets, and he believe that that is causing crime to go down. he is saying at this point it's down 7% compared to the same time last year, and this is a trend that they hope to continue on. >> and what else can we look forward to hearing about this
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week from your reporting? >> reporter: well, john, despite the city's bankruptcy, there are a lot of people who see a lot of opportunity here in detroit right now. we had the opportunity to talk to two young entrepreneurs. they lived outside of the city and now making their roots here. they are saying that now is a good time to invest in detroit because the risk is so low. aalso had the opportunity to speak with a very successful business owner, and he is giving people who have dreams to own their own businesses an opportunity to go after those dreams. so that and a lot more all this week, john. >> bisi thank you. coming up next the man charged with murder in kansas city. >> we're fed up, white people, believe me. and we're going to take our country back. white people are third-class citizens now. plus this. >> he was so real, it was almost
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make believe. >> a trip to what is called the most corrupt city in america. ♪
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welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler. a lot more to cover this half hour. sinkhole insecurity. also protecting president lincoln. and she has a way with words, the oldest puzzle maker in the country. but first richelle is back with a look at today's top stories. >> president obama spoke with russian president vladimir putin on the phone today and discussed the crisis in ukraine. they agreed to continue diplomatic efforts. the phone call came days after a
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russian fighter jet buzzed the uss don american ship. more than 10,000 people were forced to flee from a chile fire, and at least 14 people have died. officials say it is the worst fire in the countries history. police say a man who was a former ku klux klan grand dragon would face federal hate crime charges, he is expected to make his first court appearance possibly as early as tomorrow morning. >> thanks. more on the suspect. civil rights groups say frazier glenn cross has been a problem
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for years. >> officially we believe this to be a hate crime. >> reporter: 73-year-old frazier glenn cross opened fire outside of jewish centers in kansas city on the eve of pass over. >> i'm the daughter of this gentlemen who was killed. i'm the mother of the son who was killed. >> reporter: her father a well-known doctor was killed along with his grandson. a 14-year-old who loved to sing and was arriving for an audition. >> he was going to sing "you will miss me when i'm gone." >> reporter: also killed a mother of three who worked with blind children. she was visiting her mother. civil rights activists have been
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watching cross for hears. he left the green bar raid in 1979 after fighting in vietnam. he served three years in prison on weapons charges. they say he was an active lead with the ku klux klan. >> we're fed up white people, believe me. and we're going to take our country back. white people are third-class citizens now. >> reporter: a burning anger police say now causing deep pain. >> that idiot, that idiot absolutely knocked a family to its knees for no reason. that was jonathan betz reporting. vincent cook the author of "violence of god," one of his interview suspects was the kansas shooters, frazier glenn
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cross. vince welcome. >> thank you, john. >> how have things changed for the klan? >> for those of us who covered the movement really believed he would institute a revolution. and as time passed that became less and less certain and he wound up alone, angry and basically a failure, john. >> given the change in times had the klan lost momentum, gained momentum, where do you see it? >> well, two things john, the klan as we knew it in the 60s sauce it's a as a patriotic revolution that wanted to preserve america. the klan that glen lead was a
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totally revolutionary organizationize, it wanted to over throw the government violently. the anti-semitism, where does that come from? frost miller, was an identity christian. and identity christians who were rampant back in the '80s really believed that they were the chosen people of the bible and jews has usurped their history, tradition, and birthright, so this accounts for a lot of the anti-semitism we see in miller frost cross. >> when you met him, was he like? >> well, he had gone with his group from the old pointy hooded sheet-wearing klan to camouflaged clad, militant group that was away -- very different.
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he wanted some publicity, and he linked up with some of the killers who killed talk radio host named alan berg in 1984. a man named robert matthews who founded the order. and miller was a node in this revolutionary network, which he called the patriot movement. >> yeah, i -- where do you think the internalized hate comes from when we're talking about this guy or others in the klan? >> john, i met many of them, and many variations of these organizations, extreme right-ring organizations. people who think jesus was german kind of defines them. i think there was a lot of bitterness that they felt the odds and things were stacked against them; that there was a hidden hand that was
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manipulating the banks and the currency markets. and this was a strain that had been really in their families for generations for many of them. many of them going as far back as world war i, and through the 60s, they were bittered. they were being bypassed by immigrants who were doing much better economically than they were. and this built a terrible frustration which every so often leads to violence. and miller did not get an army of the night marching on washington and taking over the government. what he got was a miserable attempt to destroy people who had done nothing at all to hurt him or impede him. a bitter old man. >> yeah, clearly. vincent it's good to have you on the program.
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thank you very much for being with us. >> thank you, john. it's being called the bloodiest attack ever in nigeria's capitol. at least 71 people were dead after a bomb exploded in a crowded bus station. hundreds more are injured and state tv has launched an appeal for blood donations. the president blamed the armed group boko haram, which wants to introduce islamic law into much of that country. now on the unfolding crisis in ukraine. the center of that crisis is now eastern ukraine near the russian border. pro-russian activists want to break away from the rest of the country. >> reporter: this man is a coal miner who can hardly make ends meet. he spends the night at the barricade ready to stop anyone
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from storming the government building seized by pro-russian protesters. >> translator: this is the only way to make our voices heard. my wife is unemployed. it is hard to say they are terrorists. they are here to protect us. the right-wing in kiev also has weapons. i don't trust the president and i'm scared about the future. >> reporter: ukrainian forces are more visible outside of the urban areas. at this stage their main mission is to make sure the weapons ceased do not travel from city to city. and to regain control of road that links the russian boarder to the capitol. but the pro-russian protesters are getting bolder by the day. and an airfield was also taken
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over, and allegedly used to bring in soldiers from western ukraine. many of the protesters say they are deeply linked to russia. they remain defiant and work back down until their demands are met. for them it is the only way to protect their russian identity. the u.s. geological survey warns that 20% of the united states is susceptible to sinkholes. but scientists know little about them. rachel have this report from mexico city where some people are living on the edge. >> reporter: this home in mexico city is meters away from being swallowed up by a gaping sinkhole. neighborhoods crowd around as emergency workers hurry to fill it. it's not an uncommon site in this neighborhood.
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it's one of the city's most crowded neighborhoods, and one of the most precarious where abandoned mines lay meters below makeshift homes. this mine was discovered self-months ago after being alerted by people in the neighborhood. >> translator: it's a difficult, urgent problem. we can't just fill in the hole. we know it's there and dangerous. >> reporter: the abandoned mine is 18 meters below the surface and more than 200 meters wide, and it could take months to secure it. people started mining here in the 1930s, and they were looking for material to build houses throughout the city. so far 900 mines have been discovered, but city officials have no idea how many actually exist. that's because the construction companies didn't keep records. this woman moved here 40 years
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ago, and she had no idea her home sits on top of a mine. >> translator: at first it was frightened but the engineers told me to trust them, because the mine is deep below the surface so nothing will happen. >> reporter: mines aren't the only threats below the surface. a broken suage pipe created this gaping hole. one of the main reasons why the service is so fragile in this city is because it is built on top of a huge week. the spaniards drained the water but left a complicated hydraulic system. workers work to cover up the mine. she says she still lies awake at night worrying that the mine would collapse and swallow her
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up. now to an al jazeera america investigation. there is a small town that has been dubbed the most dangerous city in the united states. >> it was so real it was almost make believe. because you say that really can't be happening. but you can't make that kind of stuff up. >> reporter: gordon smith is the country sheriff now investigating the goings-on in hampton where one powerful clan with deep roots controlled city hall and had five members on the payroll, the entire work force. >> it was a personal piggy bank and it totaled up to be large sums of money.
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>> reporter: state auditors spent months trying to make sense of the finances. the more they dug, the more thank found. the water system just seemed to evaporate, an astonishing 46% of hampton's water is simply unaccounted for. >> he claims he lost the water book in the swamp. you believe that, i got some swampland in arizona for you. that's a good one on me, man. [ laughter ] >> that's a new one. you can see the entire report on "america tonight" right after this broadcast. the number of americans falling victim to hackers is going up. 18% of adults reported their important personal information
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stolen. that's up from 11% a year ago. the stolen data includes social security, check card and bank account numbers. and 21% of social media users questioned said information was compromised or taken over without their permission. up next, she may be the oldest cross word puzzle maker. plus protecting the president from graverobbers for more than a century. a look inside the tom of abraham lincoln. you goodbye before he left? >> which side of the fence are you on? >> sometimes immigration is the only alternative people have.
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i'm meteorologist kevin corriveau. right now we're watching snow pushing through chicago, and that's causing problems at the airports. we're seeing about an hour to an hour 50 minute delays at o'hara. the temperatures right now have dropped significantly. we're looking at about 32 degrees in chicago. just to the north, minneapolis at 37. but notice the temperature contrast. that's a front that is moving through, and we have seen a lot of severe weather along especially towards the south. we're going to be seeing towards parts of wisconsin and michigan, anywhere between one and three inches of snow this evening. so as you can see right here, there is chicago, there is the snow. it is going to last probably another hour to two hours before things start to clear out.
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but it is going to cause problems, like i said at the airports. and a little later it will be detroit. as we start at 9:00 that system makes its way and for new york we are going to be seeing rain tomorrow, and it is going to get progress ifly harder. and there is rain and even snow all the way down towards west virginia, even tennessee, kentucky could be seeing snow in the higher elevations, but as we make our way through the rest of the day, that system will be pushing offshore. and we'll see clearer skies. temperatures will be dropping significantly. in new york we saw temperatures into the mid-to high 70s. new hampshire saw 78 degrees, but by wednesday morning we'll see those temperatures dropping all the way to the mid-20s. every single morning will be about freezing. new york will be at about 64
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degrees. you can see the cool pocket of air. that will make its way more across the east. we're going to be seeing here down towards dallas, and houston about 70 degrees there. that is a look at your national weather.
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almost a century and a half after his death, president abraham lincoln still is not able to rest in peace. his body has been moved again and again to stop graverobbers. >> reporter: at the tomb and presidential museum in springfield, illinois, the 16th president's life is chillingly remembered in part by his death. on the night of the assassination he had a pair of gloves that he brought with him, and today those blood stained gloves are a horrible reminder
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of that night. >> reporter: the final resting place of president lincoln attracts more than 300,000 visitors a year. in death he achieved historical status. >> even now, you'll see swaths of hair. people trying to deal in blood-stained fabric. saying this is lincoln's. we are fascinated with lincoln, we have to own him. >> reporter: a fascination taken to the extreme in 1976 when a group of counterfeiters tried to steal the body and hold it for ransom. >> mr. lincoln did not rest peacefully. they gained access inside to the burial chamber, they were able to cut through the sar cough gus, they were able to expose the coffin, but that's when they
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were disrupted. >> reporter: protecting the president in death fell to an elite group. >> for many years they kept those remains buried in a shallow grave beneath the basement of the tomb. and each member of the guard was sworn to protect this secret. >> reporter: it is a secret found deep inside the mon yum few visitors have ever been allowed to see firsthand. we were given unique access to the interior cavities of lincoln's tomb at one point his remains were moved down here and covered with lumber until it could be permanently secured. his remains would be moved some 17 times and his coffin opened at least five times. this man spent 13 years working
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at the monument. give us a sense of where his final resting space is. >> about 15 feet straight across and 10 feet down. >> reporter: a steal cage, 4,000 pounds of concrete, and a location out of site finally provided a secretive, yet safe resting place for the 16th president of the united states. the first lunar eclipse is about 12 hours away. it will cast a shadow on the moon's surface. at point the moon will be blood red. cloud cover will block the moon for the east coast, and -- but the west coast, the midwest should be okay. if you miss tonight, the
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so-called blood moon returns again in october. coming up we talked to an astro physicist about this series. you could call her the mother of all puzzle makers. 100 year old bernice gordon is probably the oldest creator of cross words in the country. >> i drew lines like this, and sent it to her. >> reporter: bernice gordon has a way with words, and she has been using that skill since she was 35. that was 65 years ago. >> my mother was exasperated with me. she said to me, my child, if you spent as much money buying cook books instead of dictionaries, your family would be better off.
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>> reporter: it takes her about a day to come up with the words and a day more to write the clues. she combines letters with symbols to fill in the blanks. that twist is now a standard feature in puzzles including the more than 150 she has been commissioned to make for the "new york times." will shorts values bernice's combination of craft and commitment. >> she has experienced life since the 19-teens. so, you know, things that we know from books. she knows from every day life. and that all shows up in the puzzle. >> reporter: and bernice doesn't hesitate in sometimes teaming up with much younger puzzle makers. >> i remember her telling me that one time one of her puzzles she wented up with the word yay, and bernice was complaining, she
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said that is not a word. and of course it is a little bit informal and not something found in the dictionary. >> i buy a dictionary every year, because every year they have new wores. >> reporter: bernice is excited that at her age she can still make a living from something she enjoys while helping others keep their brains agile. >> the best part knowing that you are really helping people. so at least i have made a mark in the world, a little mark. i need a vowel there. >> reporter: bernice gordon, a 13-letter world for amazing. coming up tonight on our newscast at 11:00, son of a new york governor and heir to the rockefeller fortune, he mysteriously disappeared. he may have been a victim of
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online @ajamstream. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm richelle carey. here are tonight's top stories. president obama spoke on the phone with russian president vladimir putin today. they discussed the crisis in ukraine, including pro-russian
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uprising in the east. the call comes days after a russian fighter jet buzzed the uss donald cook in the black sea. a fire in chilly swept through a coastal city destroying 2,000 homes. firefighters battled flamed through the weekend and into today. it has been 38 days mill malaysia flight 370 disappeared and nearly a week since any possible black box signal were detected. and -- >> it takes no morals, it takes no ethics, all it takes is an idiot with a gun. >> reporter: a grooeing family reacts to yet's shooting in chi chi city. the suspect could be charged with hate crimes. the state of ohio must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
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a federal judge said same-sex couples now have property rights and are allowed to make medical decisions in ohio. those are the headlines. "america tonight" with joie chen is up next, and you can always get the latest on line on our website, are. >> on "america tonight." reigniting citation is in ukraine. -- reigniting crises in ukraine. ratcheting up tensions and nato stakes. also tonight. the most corrupt town in america. cash that disappeared. records lost in a swamp, along with a city car? >> you believe that, i got some warm land in florida for you. >> and the town manager, in